On Friday, June 11, Deadheads will have the chance to experience The Grateful Dead like never before. Dark Star Orchestra, a critically-acclaimed act, will honor the iconic supergroup with an epic performance covering, and re-imagining, the Dead’s extensive sonic catalogue at A Celebration Of The Grateful Dead.
Dark Star Orchestra are no casual fans of The Dead. In fact, the group has been performing the Grateful Dead Live Concert Experience for over 20 years, rotating through the famed band’s past set lists, while also working in inventive changes along the way. Over the past two decades, the DSO has performed over 3,000 shows to thousands upon thousands of Dead Heads, young and old.
“For us it’s a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years,” said keyboardist and vocalist Rob Barraco. “We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they’ve been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live.”
DSO has performed across the world and at some of the country’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo and Milwaukee’s SummerFest – and even having their own namesake festival now in its 8th year running. Additionally, they’ve also received the blessing of 6 Grateful Dead members. Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Vince Welnick, and Tom Constanten have all made guest performances at Dark Star concerts.
On Friday, June 11, Dark Star Orchestra will continue to honor the band with a thrilling performance from 7 pm to 11 pm at Soldier Field South Lot. Tickets to this transcendent event are now on sale, starting at $99.50 for two people, or $149.50 for a group of four. All ages welcome.